Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Look at the stark contrast in the illustration below. A thriving tree and a dead branch. [Pause and think about yourself] In Christ we have life to the full; we flourish and produce fruit. Without Him, nothing.
Are you remaining in the Vine continually through prayer? Are you being nourished by meditating on His Word? Are you being encouraged by intentionally spending time with members of His body, the church?
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you” - Jesus
~ Matt Coppinger
(picture by Allan Huskins III)